Do you have a child that usually requires and consumes most of your prayers, energy, creativity and everything else you have to give in a day:D. I do!!! He is very smart for his age but is easily distracted and very active. He is definitely a Kinesthetic Learner. He learns by doing, moving and creating. Usually during lessons, if I don’t have enough hands-on activities and artistic projects I will lose his attention quickly. I am NOT creative and have found lesson planning for him to be very challenging. Figuring all this out though, is essential to all the years of educating him, especially if I don’t want him to look at learning as a chore.
Lapbooking is turning into an answered prayer. To my surprise, it works great for educators that are not artistic, like myself. What makes it great is that you don’t have to figure out a craft project or make up your own. With all the free templates and resources available all you really need is a printer and basic arts supplies to get started. It’s a great and fun opportunity for the child to practice a lot of skills (fine motor, cutting, planning, reading etc) and combines academics to the arts beautifully.
The Lapbook for our Resurrection Study is going a lot better than the one we did for Canada. I am trying to figure out why this is. Is it because the topic is more interesting to the boys? It could be because we are moving through the lesson a bit quicker. When we were learning about Canada I took too long and it dragged on a bit. For the Easter Lapbook we work on it everyday during or after our daily devotion. Maybe the concentrated effort is better in keeping their interest.
It will be a busy week full of activities in preparation for this Sunday. I am especially excited and looking forward to the Resurrection cookies this weekend. It will be a great way of ending this learning project. They will all love it, but I can’t wait to see my 3 year old’s expression when he bites into the hollow cookie :D.
Within the next couple of days I will be posting a list of GREAT sites with more information if you are interested in Lapbooking. I will also have sites with free resources to get you started on your first Lapbook!